Dress Rehearsal, Or Opening Night?

Still screenstruck after an early fling, Bronfman has Seagram buy a hunk of Time Warner -- but just what he wants is turning into a Wall Street cliff-hanger

It would make a great script for a movie or TV mini-series: company founder's teenage grandson rebels against going into family liquor business and vows instead to carve out his own career as a show-biz tycoon. But the movies and plays he produces, partly with his share of the family wealth, all bomb; he returns, chastened, to the place being held for him in the family firm. There he unexpectedly shows a fair executive talent and succeeds in keeping an already giant company growing, largely by diversifying beyond whiskeymaking. But he remains screenstruck, and as he approaches his 39th birthday next...

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